The Month in Sports: July 2013

The Month in Sports: July 2013

The month of July isn’t the most exciting assembly when it comes to sports or athletics in the Big Country. There are a handful of college showcases for Volleyball and Basketball and of course we can’t neglect the number of camps that are put on for youth and incoming high school students across the region.Of course one would argue that Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game highlights the time frame of reference but it would all depend on where your favoritism rests. The British Open and Wimbledon, the NBA Draft and NFL mini camps… There’s something for everyone’s flavor every month of the year regardless of time, tempo and type. {{more}}All that being said –just like last month- let’s give the dominant feature for this little piece to none other than the Key City’s only professional sports organization: the Abilene Bombers.The Bombers bowed out in valiant fashion to their most formidable nemesis, the now two time defending LSFL champion, Amarillo Venom. Abilene has yet to overcome this opponent in the history of their existence, dating back to the inception of the team when they were the Katy Ruff Riders and shortly thereafter relocated to Abilene.Coach Brannen summarizes it perfectly… “They’ve definitely always had our number,” Brannen said “But that never intimidates they guys if anything it motivates them. I can notice the week leading up to any game that we play them that the practices are a lot more business-like and focused.” Maybe –and hopefully- next year, coach.Amarillo throttled the Bombers 70-42 on the way to another title. In cinematic fashion, the Venom then upended the Laredo Rattlesnakes 70-69 to put a nice sized bow on a spectacular season. I’ve never been one to glorify the rival, but let’s give credit where credits due…The Bombers finished their inaugural season donning the new name, colors and attitude with a 6-7 record, right in the middle of the LSFL’s final standings, securing a healthy improvement from last year and earning the respect of the league.To end on a high note, Brannen will be back to spearhead the play-calling for at least one more season and middle linebacker Jeremiah Turner who is built more like a tight end or defensive end, and just a genuine thoroughbred mega-athlete, was named the LSFL’s defensive player of the year. What makes this accomplishment so noteworthy is that to earn one of the league’s top honors while playing for a team that finishes the season with a lackluster record, is usually unheard of. Don’t be surprised if Turner makes the jump the Arena League II platform in 2014In closing, let’s tip our hats to Brannen and his boys for always making a Saturday night at the Taylor County Coliseum something special and transcending what was once just a glimmer of hope for a championship for any professional sports team in Abilene, to a considerable reality… Only 237 day until training camp… Go Bombers… See ya next month.